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the story behind : The Sleepy Town With a Snoring Problem

Many across the region have now viewed the video about Tuross Head having a snoring problem. While the video presented the issue with a grand degree of humour it also raised awareness of the more important issue of sleep apnoea The idea of the video featuring Tuross Head came from ResApp Health Limited (ASX: RAP), a leading digital health company developing smartphone applications for the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease They launched their new national marketing campaign, ‘The Sleepy Town With a Snoring Problem’, to raise awareness for the importance of early screening for sleep apnoea and to launch of their new app 'SleepCheck’, which helps users assess their risk of sleep apnoea.

The new campaign, created by Isobar, comprises a short film titled ‘The Sleepy Town With a Snoring Problem’, featuring residents from small New South Wales coastal town, Tuross Head, who are struggling to get a decent night’s sleep thanks to their snoring partners. The town symbolises a microcosm of Australia’s sleep apnoea problem.

The film tells the story of the sleepless residents of Tuross Head, creating bespoke ads around the town - including ads on local community radio station, 2EAR FM, full-page ads in the local weekly newspaper, Narooma News, banners throughout the town, personalised coasters at The Tuross Head Country Club and mobile billboard trucks - to persuade their partners to download SleepCheck and find out whether their snoring could be a sign of sleep apnoea.

As part of the campaign, Isobar made donations to Tuross Head’s Men’s Shed and the Tuross Head Bushfire Brigade to help build new changing facilities, and to thank the people of the town for their hospitality and involvement in the project.

The short film can be viewed here.

The Tuross Head residents that appeared in the campaign are:

  • Josh and James, Tuross Head Butchers

  • Rhonda and Ruedy, R&R Tuross Hardware

  • Shannon and Casey, Boatshed Café

  • Janine, Sails Café

  • Mick, Tuross Head Motel

  • Ian Wong, local builder

  • Janelle and Derek Berents, local residents

  • Maz and Sophie, local residents

Campaign credits:


  • General Manager: Thomas Tearle

  • Client Partner: Emily Taylor Delplanque

  • Account Director: Lindsay Batstone

  • Creative Director: Marcel Moniaga

  • Creative Director: Hadleigh Sinclair

  • Fixer, Caterer, Creative Director & Chief Local Liaison Officer: Hans Christian Berents

  • Head of Strategy: Lauren Hartwell

  • Head of Operations and Production: Mel Sultana

  • Senior Producer: Tom Pearce

  • Senior Copywriter: Patrick Anderson

  • Art Director: Phil Robbie

  • Art Director: Stephanie Vachon

  • Social and Community Manager: Londi Baloyi


  • Digital and Technology Director: Grant Abrahams

Mint Films

  • Production Company: Mint Films

  • Director: Andrew Seaton

  • Producer: Nick Mutton

  • Director of Photography: Jack McAvoy

  • Post-production Audio & Music: Rumble Studios

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